Electronics

Piezoelectricity, flexoelectricity to power nanoscale devices

By / August 2, 2009

According to a press release, a team of University of Houston scientists has set out with the goal to use piezoelectrics to create nanodevices that can power electronics, such as…

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New DOE loans for renewable energy and grid projects

By / July 30, 2009

Yesterday, the DOE announced that it plans to offer up to $30 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects and $750 million for grid projects (presumably for Smart Grid…

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Anticipation . . .

By / July 30, 2009

If you’ve ever had a pregnancy in the family, you know that the first two trimesters go by relatively quickly, but the last trimester seems to take forever. Days crawl…

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Scientists tackle the mysterious malady of LED “droop”

By / July 30, 2009

At first glance, the light-emitting diode, or LED, beats the venerable incandescent bulb in every way. It’s compact, bright, long-lasting and, in its latest form, can produce a warm, white…

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Students build hydrogen fuel cell racecar

By / July 22, 2009

Gentlemen, start your fuel cells! Last August, Ceramic Tech Weekly reported on the first Formula Zero Championship. It was the first racing competition fueled by hydrogen. Next month, the team…

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Video of the week – Gary Messing: Substituting ceramics for single crystals

By / July 22, 2009

How do you sinter material to perfection to make it as transparent as window glass . . . or a single crystal? ACerS Fellow and former president Gary Messing has…

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National labs top list of R&D 100 award recipients

By / July 21, 2009

R&D Magazine hosts the R&D 100 Awards, which are presented annually to researchers who have developed the year’s 100 most outstanding advances in applied technologies. ACerS just learned that 49…

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Don’t miss Feynman’s ‘Messenger’ lectures

By / July 19, 2009

I know this is not actually news given that word of this came out several days ago, but you have to trust me on this: Turn off the Simpsons, NCI,…

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But then quantum computing losers a big funder . . .

By / July 18, 2009

Some times it’s one step forward and one step back. Apparently IARPA is now yanking its stake in NIST quantum computing research.

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Scientists create first electronic quantum processor

By / July 18, 2009

A team led by Yale University researchers has successfully implemented simple algorithms using a quantum processor based on microwave solid-state technology – similar to that found in computers and cell…

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